WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – It’s one of your worst fears: you hear the bumps in the night all the time, it’s the air conditioning, or a car door, but in West Hartford, that bump in the night was a person breaking into homes while people were sleeping.
So Thursday night people in one West Hartford neighborhood will check and recheck their locks after a thief went door to door, window to window, on three streets, pulling off screens on a half a dozen homes, breaking into several, while people were home sleeping.
“My nephew was here and he says he didn’t hear anything,” said Barbara. “He woke up and couldn’t find his backpack and I guess that is gone.”
Along with a laptop computer and cash. The same thing has happened in Bristol, they have had six homes hit in three days, one woman even waking up while the intruder was in her bedroom.
“It could have been a lot worse,” Barbara said. “Nobody got hurt and we were lucky.”
Police believe the thieves or thief got into the house on a chair and opened the screen and crawled into the kitchen. Barbara has a warning for people. She says they got into her house, it’s summer time and people do leave the windows open.
She asks that you take it seriously and lock up because she doesn’t want someone in your house in the middle of the night.
“I’m thinking twice about closing everything,” Barbara said. “You feel violated,”
Police have increased patrols in the area and are out actively working the neighborhood. In the past year, they have arrested a half a dozen burglars breaking into cars and homes, and say alert neighbors are the best defense.
“She had the presence of mind to call the police and we had officers in the area,” Hartford police Lt. Steven Estes said. “They were quick, there was a foot chase and we caught them.”
Police say if you do find a stranger in your house, confronting them should be a last resort. Call 911 and try and get to a bathroom or a place you can lock a door until police can get there.